August – October 2014
e held Saturday, August 23, from 4-9:30 p.m. in downtown Jonestown. The nature festival celebrates Jonestown’s chimney swifts, small migratory birds that seasonally reside in a downtown cistern during their migration north. This free festival is centered on the swifts’ evening return to their cistern home – a tornado-like sight fascinating to see. Under the cool shade of oak trees, the public can enjoy games and activities for families and children, nature-themed vendors, great food, adult beverages, and a musical lineup that includes Jim Stringer and the AM Band, the Jennifer B Trio, Jean Synodinos, and BettySoo. For more information, visit www.swiftfest.org, like us on Facebook at “Swift Fest in Jonestown,” or call (512) 339-9432. Jonestown is located seven miles west of the intersection of US Hwy 183 and FM 1431. The festival will be held in Fireman’s Park one block off of FM 1431.
BERTRAM — The 37th Annual Oatmeal Festival will add several exciting changes as the new “Bowl” of Directors members meet. This year’s popular event will be staged in downtown Bertram and the neighboring community of Oatmeal on August 29-30. One of the changes is to move the entire venue to downtown Bertram on Saturday beginning with the Pet Parade at 9:33 a.m. followed by the Grand Parade at 10:33 a.m. All of the events begin at :03 or :33 minutes past the hour in honor of the longtime festival sponsor, 3-Minute Brand Oats. Friday activities will take place in Oatmeal. Included is an Arts & Crafts Fair, BBQ supper, Miss Oatmeal Pageant and auction and live music by the Eddie Shell group. Now is the time to register for all activities including the 3.3 Mile “Run for Your Oats” race, kiddie and adults games, bake off contest (using 3-Minute Oats), a trail ride from Oatmeal to Bertram, Grande Parade (10:33 a.m.) and several arts and crafts vendor booths. The day will be capped off by a huge street dance featuring music by People’s Choice. All of these events will be in downtown Bertram. Registration for all events may be done online at www.oatmealfestival.com or registration forms may be printed and mailed to Oatmeal Festival, PO Box 70, Bertram, TX 78605.
Accepting health-related vendors through Aug. 7. Application available at http://libertyhill.txed.net.